oh yes, you are absolutely right, the timespan mistake was me missing the さい… it is definately his age
Awesome explanation, thank you
yes overall I think I went over that sentence a little too quckly and messed up
When electricity flows through a thin wire inside a glass bulb, it glows.
However, it was hard to find the material of the thin wire that would make this light long-lasting.
Platinum, cotton thread, tree bark …
Many many times, experiments with various materials were repeated.
“No good. Master Edison, this is no good either.”
“No, I will not give up. Never!”
100 times, 1,000 times, 10,000 times … and then …
It was October 21, 1879.
It seems to be treated differently by different sources. I first looked at Tae Kim which states in the last paragraph
Though we use the verb 「する」 to say, “to do attempt”, we can use different verbs to do other things with the attempt. For instance, we can use the verb 「決める」 to say, “decide to attempt to do X”. Here are some examples of other actions carried out on the attempt.
勉強をなるべく避けようと思った。 I thought I would attempt to avoid studying as much as possible.
But just now I double-checked with DoJG which states that its meaning is rather “I think I will” (without any attempt-stuff).
Anyways, I think the meaning is the same roundabout. It’s just that I’ve never seen examples where this grammar point was shortened to ~ようと, so I figured that it doesn’t apply. But maybe that’s a wrong assumption and you are right nonetheless
Anyways, I really like researching these grammar points that I already took for granted, it’s really refreshing! Thanks for the discussions
The light from a light bulb which used a cotton thread turned into charcoal, continued to shine for forty hours.
“Yes! This is the birth of a new light.”
Forty hours? More than 100 years!!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial_Light (not the cotton thread variant)
translation p 26
After that Edison created thousands of inventions until he passed away at the age of 84.
The bright light that Edison‘s never ending hard work gave us shines on even today warmly on people all over the world.
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
Edison’s lighbulb and Japanese bamboo
For Edison’s lightbulb, as a material to lead electricity through it, originally something was used created by burning cotton thread and then turning it into hard charcoal.
After that, to let it shine much longer, he collected materials from all over the world and accumulated devices.
The thing that particularly sticked out among these was Japanese bamboo.
It is said that bamboo was used that had grown where today the city of Yawata in the Kyoto prefecture is.
I think the correct way to say this in English is “carbonised/carbonized” - which is defined as “to turn into carbon”. It sounds a bit odd in English to say the thread was “turned into coal/charcoal”, but I think that is the literal translation from Japanese - presumably trying to stick to words a young child would understand.
Yes, I guess you are correct, but I think „carbon“ might be a bit too scientific for this kind of text. I just checked the difference between coal and charcoal, coal is the natural thing you dig out and charcoal is man-made. Wow, I’m learning a lot while reading this book!
A little ahead of schedule, but here it is.
Thereafter, until he died at the age of 84, Edison produced 1,000 inventions.
Today, the bright light from Edison’s never-ending efforts is still warmly illuminating people around the world.
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
Edison’s light bulb and Japanese bamboo
In Edison’s light bulb, a hardened carbonized cotton thread was initially used as the material to conduct electricity.
Later on, materials to make it shine longer were gathered from all over the world.
Among them, Japanese bamboo was particularly excellent.
It is said that the bamboo growing in what is now Yawata City in Kyoto prefecture, was used.
We move onto chapter 2 later today. We’re planning a new thread for each chapter, so here is the link to the chapter 2 thread.
One of the reasons for a new thread is to make it easier for those who are a little behind the pace to still ask questions. So please continue to post any chapter one questions here and hopefully someone will be able to answer.
My translation of page 26.
その後、八十四才で 亡くなるまでに、エジソンは 千点もの 発明品を 生み出しました。
After that, until his death at 84 years old, Edison had ended up producing thousands of inventions
エジソンの、けっして あきらめない ど力が くれた 明るい 光は、 今も 世界中の 人々を あたたかく てらしています。
To this day the bright light of Edisons effort to never give up warmly illuminates people all over the world
I learned so much from translating this chapter with you guys, lets keep it up!
I’m not sure but could it be that you misinterpreted the しました at the end of the first sentence as a form of しまう (しまいました)?
I think the verb here is just 生み出す (生み出しました).
you are 100% right as usual, thank you for pointing that out! As always I went a little too fast…